Name: Mario Castellanos
Nickname: DJ Mario
Date of Birth: September 24, 1985
Place of Birth: Salinas, CA
Years DJing: 6 years
Other experience: I was in the U.S. Army for 4 years Active Duty Assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. I served as a squad leader, a graduate of the US Army Advanced Airborne Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, and Parachute Rigger course. I deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and I am currently a U.S. Army Reservist. I am also part of the acting ensemble at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. My Major is Journalism, and I enjoy spending my summers working with Youth as a Day Camp Director for The Salvation Army.
Favorite DJ Moment: My favorite DJ moment happened back in 2006 when I applied to work at Club VIP in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The same day I applied was the same day I got called back to DJ that night. It was my first time DJing in a club environment, I had butterflies in my stomach but everything went very smooth and to this day I always consider myself lucky that I got the chance to begin my DJ’ing carreer inside a popular Hip Hop club.
Favorite Song: If you ask ANY of my friends, they can answer this question for you. My favorite song of all time is sung by my favorite band of all time: Journey. “Don’t Stop Believing.” I always love beginning or ending my DJ sets with this song.
Favorite Type Event to DJ: Weddings, Clubs, and anything that involves a celebration.
Activities/things you enjoy outside of Djing: I am the biggest San Francisco Giants fan you will ever meet. I actually flew to Arlington, Texas to watch them win the World Series in 2010. Sports are my life; I am a Los Angeles Lakers fan, San Jose Sharks fan, and a Dallas Cowboys fan. I also coach Little League baseball at the Majors level, quick shout out to the ball players at Salinas American Little League. I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my family, and staying positive no matter what obstacles life throws at me.
Talents: Coaching baseball, acting, jumping out of planes, and speaking 3 languages.